Principal's News

My first week has been quite memorable. On Tuesday, we had a visit from the Education Minister James Merlino and Local State member Lizzie Blandthorn who came to inspect the progress of our school building, which is now well on its way. The building architects were also there to talk to the Minister as well as Tony Priviteli (our DET, Senior Instructional Education Leader), Kate Copping, Tim Prendergast, along with our Junior School Council student members. The students were very excited to visit the construction site as well as inspecting where stage 2 will be developed. This was a great opportunity for me to see where we are up to and what is install for CNPS. 

Due to the late start of the build, and owing to unforeseen problems, stage 1 of the project will not be completed until the end of term 1, 2019 (projected finish).  As a result, students will not be able to move into the new building until the beginning of term 2 (all going well). Over the next month we will be busy working on an easy transition for the move.

This week, I will be continuing to get to know everyone a lot better. Last week, and continuing this week, I am spending time speaking to students, staff and parents about all the great things, and areas for improvement within the school. So far the one comment that stands out with everyone is how supportive and passionate the school community is and I have certainly experienced this in my first week. The importance of a positive school culture is paramount for schools in order to provide safe, supportive, encouraging, inviting and challenging environments for students and staff. All this contributes to students being able to flourish and for academic achievement to evolve. I feel very lucky to walk into a principal position where this is established. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Helen Zull and Jill Howells for leading and developing such a wonderful culture.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone again for your warm welcome and would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday. We will see you back again in two weeks, ready for a fantastic last term.

Monika Gruss